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Today's Movie Openings - Friday, 01.05.07

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Welcome to January, the month when studios traditionally take the shitty movies they've held off releasing the rest of the year and dump them onto unsuspecting audiences.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer -- Synesthesia is the coolest disorder ever! This is a neurological condition in which two or more bodily senses are entangled in "abnormal" ways (i.e. people with synesthesia might see a different color for each letter of the alphabet or smell a different scent for each musical note). It's kind of like the effect you want but can never fully achieve with psychedelic drugs. German director Tom Tykwer (Run, Lola, Run) brings to the screen Patrick Suskind's best-selling novel about a sociopathic synesthete in 18th century Paris. Born without any bodily odor and endowed with a superior sense of smell, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw) becomes a perfumer and a murderer in his quest to create the perfect scent.